Five things a Red Sox fan should like about the Yankees this season:
1. The idea of 37-year-old Jorge Posada and his surgically repaired throwing shoulder as the regular catcher. Run, Jacoby, run.
2. The Jeter-Cano defensive combo up the middle. Lansing-Offerman, anyone?
3. A.J. Burnett-Pavano, who has already pre-scheduled his May visit to Dr. James Andrews.
4. The Damon-Cabrera-Nady outfield. Not exactly Rice-Lynn-Dewey there.
5. Hyper-intense Joe Girardi, who is exactly the wrong manager for this team. But I bet they would soar with a Joe Torre-type.
Five top prospects in baseball according to Baseball America in 1995:
1. Alex Rodriguez, ss, Mariners
2. Ruben Rivera, of, Yankees
3. Chipper Jones, ss, Braves
4. Derek Jeter, ss, Yankees (Didn't Ruben Rivera steal his glove once or something? If so, I'm pretty sure he never gave it back. RIMSHOT!!!)
5. Brian Hunter, of, Astros
Five pitchers who helped the 2003 Marlins defeat the Yankees in the World Series:
1. Josh Beckett. You know the story -- he was the Series MVP after pitching a shutout in the clinching Game 6 at the Stadium.
2. Brad Penny. Went 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in the Series.
3. Carl Pavano. Had a 1.00 ERA in nine innings.
4. Dontrelle Willis. Didn't give up a run in 3.2 innings of relief.
5. A.J. Burnett. Whoops, my bad -- he was actually injured and pitched just four games all season. (Snort.)
As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
Because sometimes -- especially on Fridays when I'm dreading the daily drive to the Maine hinterlands -- it really is random.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.